Aspiring surgeons will meet April 28 at TCC

Tacoma Community College will present its annual Surgical Demonstration Day April 28 on the college’s main campus. More than 300 observers from local high schools and colleges are expected to attend the invitation-only event. The TCC Biology Department is organizing Surgical Demonstration Day in partnership with Multicare Health System and the Madigan Army Hospital Surgical Department.

TCC students in the Human Cadaver Prosection course will explain anatomy and demonstrate surgical procedures they have learned from Madigan surgeons. This year’s presentations will be thoracic anatomy; knee anatomy; foot anatomy; and pelvic anatomy including digestive, urinary and male reproductive structures. There will also be a presentation of a whole cadaver.

The annual event is a rare opportunity for students, said Mike Flodin, dean for sciences at TCC. Few community colleges use human cadavers in anatomy classes.

Professionals in the field, college students and high school students enrolled in anatomy and advanced biology classes have been invited to observe the demonstrations. To reduce crowding and allow for better viewing, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. is reserved for college students and professionals in the field. High school students are invited from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pre-registration is required. Guests should check in at the Welcome Table in Building 14 upon arrival. Demonstrations will start every 20 minutes beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Multicare Health System is providing financial support for the event, and Madigan Army Hospital surgeons are donating their time to train the TCC student presenters.

Schools expected to bring students to observe the event include Capital High School, Central Kitsap High School, Curtis High School, Eatonville High School, Franklin Pierce High School, Gig Harbor High School, Olympia High School, South Kitsap High School, Steilacoom High School, Tacoma Baptist, Graham Kapowsin High School, Todd Beamer High School, Clover Park Technical College and Green River Community College.